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Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

That ain't Edward Sharpe gaily singing about dreams, home and falling in love, that's frontman Alex Ebert. Fresh off a breakup and a stint in rehab, Ebert (who also fronts the punky synth-pop outfit Ima Robot) created the mystical figure of Edward Sharpe, a messiah who has one weakness: girls. After Ebert met singer Jade Castrinos, the Magnetic Zeros began to form and the collective eventually swelled to over 10 members. Their music shares the psychedelic, Baroque-pop sensibilities of a flower-power band like The Polyphonic Spree, but on a slightly more down-to-earth level. The group recorded its debut album in an apt location: the L.A. 'hood of Laurel Canyon, a counterculture hub during the 1960s. Released in 2009, Up from Below gradually gathered momentum as the band toured the country. Advertisers eventually caught on to the hype, and the band's catchy, fun-loving pop started showing up on commercials for phones, cars and films.

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros Concert Films

  • Live At World Cafe

    Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 29 min

    We haven't ever met a band quite like Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. Their self-professed embrace of child-like wonder is the piston that powers their music, their sunny disposition, and their recognition that every moment is a once in a life time opportunity to create and connect...with themselves, with their wildly enthusiastic followers, or something universally bigger. That shows sell out in their wake everywhere the eleven piece band play is no big surprise. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros are special, getting more than just a kick out of playing the peppy, folk creations of their debut Up From Below and their recent follow-up Here.

    Recently we had the privilege to spend a bit of time with the band during a concert stop for the fine folks of WXPN in Philadelphia. We spoke at length with Edward's bandleader Alexander Ebert and are posting a series of videos all month long. But we also had the opportunity to aim our cameras at the band's performance. Piling all eleven members of the band on stage, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros showcased a handful of their new, more meditative song fare from Here, as well as made sure to pepper in a few crowd favorites from Up From Below (for old time's sake...). It was a special opportunity. Today we're thrilled to be releasing the full, uninterrupted edit of the band's acoustic-ish performance in Philadelphia. We think you'll find there's nothing else quite like this out there.
     
     

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